NWR: Chicago travel recommendations?

posted 3 months ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Some of the more touristy things to do might be a visit to Navy Pier, the sky deck, walking the mag mile or dinner at the Signature Room.

Less touristy would be biking the lake path/606, a day at the beach, checking out parks. It sounds like you’re coming during the summer and good for you because we take our summers very seriously. There is a 100% percent chance that there will be a music festival, block party, art show, other outdoor event going on while you’re here. Just google “Chicago festivals [your dates]. Also, get to Wrigleyville early, start drinking at the nearby bars and just start asking people what’s going on later. They’ll tell you, and sometimes it’s more fun to not have a plan anyway.

My biggest piece of advice is to get out of the touristy, high traffic areas like downtown, River North, and Lakeview and try to get to some of the actual neighborhoods where real people live. You will see more of the City, make great “vacation friends,” and get some street cred for having done something besides take a selfie with the Bean.

 

Also, come hungry. Eat everything.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Definitely do an architectural boat tour.  I have lived in the city for 14 years and I do at least one every summer.  Best way to see the city!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Make sure it’s the tour given by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Its the best one by far.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

kgr9 :  Yes! I always push people to see how Chicagoans actually like. I work downtown but definitely do not spend all of my time there.

OP: Wrigleyville is a great place! You guys will love everything about it. I would suggest using Priceline (or one of those sites) for a better deal (we use Express Deals). You can get a decent hotel that way. I agree with previous posts about the touristy spots. Drink, eat, and shop your way through the city. It’s a great way to see everything.

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